Ellicott City Brothers Hurt As Car Rams Bus

Police, fire log

December 11, 1991

Two Ellicott City brothers were seriously injured Sunday when their car rammed into the back of a disabled bus on Interstate 70 near U.S.29, state police reported.

Roger Coombs, 29, and Michael Coombs, 28, of the 8900 block Town and Country Boulevard, were flown by Med-Evac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore following the 4:50 p.m. accident.

Roger Coombs was listed in critical but stable condition yesterday, and Michael Coombs was listed in fair and stable condition, a shock trauma spokesman said.

Police said the Coombs brothers were driving east on I-70 near U.S. 29 when their car veered off the left shoulder and struck the bus, which was broken down and unoccupied. No other information was available on the bus.

The eastbound lane was backed up for about three miles during the rescue operation.

County fire and rescue workers assisted at the scene. State police said charges are pending.


Six people were arrested Friday at Stevens Forest Apartments on drug charges,as county police continue their increased enforcement at the apartment complex.

Tactical officers obtained search warrants for two apartments at the complex, located in the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road. In one of the apartments, police arrested three people and seized an eighth of an ounce of cocaine, better known on the street as an "8-ball," police said.

Police also seized drug-cutting and packaging materials at the apartment.

Arrested were Marian Christine Knight, 33, of the 5900 block Stevens Forest Road, and Brian F. and Mauricia Y. Mattison, both of the 5800 block of the complex. All were charged with sale and manufacture of cocaine.

Each of the suspects will now face eviction proceedings from the apartment complex.

Three other people were arrested in front of the raided apartment, at 5850 Stevens Forest, after narcotics officers witnessed a drug transaction. A "crack rock" was seized during those arrests, police said.

Arrested on cocaine possession charges were two Elkridge residents, Ramel A. Rollins, 21, of the 6400 block Waterloo Road, and Rolando M. Rollins, 27, of the 6900 block Linden Avenue. A 16-year-old Laurel youthwas also arrested.


Four houses in the historic Lawyer's Hill Road section of Elkridge were burglarized over the weekend by someone who drank beer and ate food at two of the residences, county police said.

The homes -- one in the6100 block, two in the 6000 block and one in the 6600 block -- were broken into sometime before Sunday morning.

A burglar took severalknives, watches and a woman's jacket from one of the homes and drankbeer and milk in the kitchen before leaving, police said. The victimwas asleep during the break-in, which occurred late Friday evening.

Entrance was gained by breaking through a basement window.

At another nearby home, the burglar took jewelry, cash and a watch the same evening. The items were apparently taken from the home in a pillowcase, police said.

A refrigerator door had also been left open by the burglar, who apparently ate some food, police said. The home was entered after someone kicked open the front door.

Police had no information on what was taken from the other two homes.


Two men were injured Monday morning in a head-oncollision between two trucks on Route 32 in Columbia, county police said.

Police said a truck driven by William Ciaramello, 33, of Keymar, was heading east on Route 32 just west of U.S. 29 when he crossed the double-yellow line about 7:20 a.m.

The truck collided with awestbound truck being driven by Robert Faulkner, 60, of Severn, police said.

Ciaramello was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was released later in the day. A condition report on Faulkner was not available.


Three children suffered minor burns to their hands Saturday when a fire started in their Savage apartment after they were apparently playing with matches, county firefighters said.

The firebegan at about 4:10 p.m. in the 8400 block of Savage Guilford Road, where two apartments are located directly behind Jon II Family Hair Designers shop, firefighters said.

A fire report identified the residents as Deanna Allen and her three children, Christopher, 5, Cassie, 4, and Adam, 3. Each of the children was treated at the scene for minor hand burns.

The apartment was a total loss, with damage estimated at $60,000. The Allen family will be staying with friends in thearea while they look for new housing, firefighters said.

The nearby beauty salon and another apartment in the building suffered minor smoke and water damage.


Three Anne Arundel County residents were charged Friday with attempted robbery after police officers caught them prowling with several burglary tools outside a West Friendship home, county police said.

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